2019 Addendum and Erratum to the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Project (RCSP) Context Collection

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By H. Asena Kızılarslanoğlu1, Stanislav Pejša2, Nicholas Kregotis Rauh3

1. Kastamonu University 2. Purdue Libraries 3. Purdue University

Addendum and erratum of the pottery in the Context Collection based on analysis and reprocessing of the ceramic materials collected by the pedestrian team and stored in the Alanya Archaeological Museum in 2019.

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Every year since 2014, members of the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Team have conducted analysis and reprocessing of the ceramic materials collected by the pedestrian team and stored in the Alanya Archaeological Museum. Nicholas Rauh has directed these efforts, assisted by Matthew Dillon (Loyola Marymount U.), Caroline Autret (U. Paris-Sorbonne), and Asena Kızılarslanoğlu (Kastamonu U.). Student participants include Joshua Dandridge, Joseph Rynasko, Brian Stroinski, Daniela Tlumacova, Adam Freeburg, Nathan McBurnett, Emily Getz, Zoey Osterloh, and Kenneth Klimek. It needs to be emphasized that the materials preserved in the Alanya Museum represent a small fraction of the context materials processed by the pedestrian team in the field. Through the years most of the pottery processed by the team was left in situ at their find spots. At each location Rauh made a practice of collecting relatively small samplings of representative types and / or unique forms that warranted further analysis to be brought to the survey headquarters. These samplings were “bagged and tagged,” and brought to the laboratory where they were cleaned, coded, and reprocessed. For the most part the materials stored in the Alanya Archaeological Museum represent the preserved elements of these samplings.  With the cessation of the field survey in 2011, Rauh was able to obtain permission from the Turkish General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums to revisit the materials stored in the Alanya Museum. We have conducted study seasons at the museum every year since 2014.

This work has proceeded for the most part in chronological order, beginning with revisions to the RCSP Study Collection and Context Collections of 1996-1998. This was essential because our existing records predated the project’s adaptation to digital photography. Due to the high cost of film processing, images for the remains were originally limited for the most part to group photographs of context collections grouped according to forms and typologies. During our study seasons we have treated the materials individually and completed digital photography, measurements, sherd descriptions, fabric descriptions, and Munsell colorations for each individual sherd. From 2014 to 2018, this work progressed slowly as the team works its way through the stored context bags from 1996 to 2001. The revisions, photographs, and profile drawings for these seasons were incorporated into the datasets that were mounted at PURR in Spring 2019. In Summer 2019 Rauh and Asena Kızılarslanoğlu examined the context collections of the 2002-2004 survey seasons.  Context collections we revisited include those at Charadros, Govan Asarı, Gökcebelen Kale, Gurcam Kale, Hisar Asarı, Ilica Kale, Kaletepe, and Kenetepe. In the time available we were able to process some 274 items, generating some 1500 photographs and 80 profile drawings. We have mounted these results in this Addendum and Corrigendum dataset. Work remains to be completed with the pottery collections from 2004-2011, as well as with the accumulated collections from the region’s amphora kiln sites (the Biçkici, the Syedra, the Antioch, and the Delice Kiln Sites, respectively). We will continue to post revised datasets as addenda for these materials until all the stored materials have been re-examined. At that point we will incorporate all addenda datasets into a revised version of the RCSP Context Pottery datasets. We are extremely grateful to Dr. Seher Türkmen, the director of the Alanya Archaeological Museum, and her dedicated staff for supporting the work of the survey by furnishing storage and research facilities at the museum. Their cooperation has proven invaluable.

Number of revisited pottery fragments in 2019 by site
Site name Site code Fragments
Asar Tepe RC0055 5
Gokcebelen Kale RC0410 15
Govan Asari RC0040 47
Govan Asari RC0041 9
Govan Asari RC0043 1
Gurcam Kale RC0408 7
Gurcam Karatepe RC0305 9
Hisar RC0405 13
Ilica Kale RC0309 14
Kale Tepe RC0201 20
Kaledran RC0401 66
Karacukur RC0303 7
Kenetepe RC0304 26
Kilise Tas Mevki RC0308 4
Lamos Rural RC0054 3
Nephelion cove RC0407 4
Oz Mevki RC0406 14
Sivaste RC0301 1
Tasli Seki RC0306 6
Trench C   1
Trench D   2

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These are data from earlier survey collections reprocessed in 2019. Some artefacts were added to the RCSP Context Collection, some were re-classified, and their metadata and descriptions were modified.

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